Social Sciences

Harassment Leads to Loss of Talent, Innovation in Sciences

Participants at the 2016 American Astronomical Association meeting had signed a code of conduct that warned against sexual harassment. At the registration desk they also were met by a five-foot sign reminding them of the problem. Then at that very meeting an undergraduate student standing beside her research presentation was asked, “What’s attractive about this poster beside you?” (Read the full story)

Why Do I Blush at the Start of a Speech?

The mechanics of how a blush happens are straightforward. Underneath the skin of your face and neck is a lacework of tiny blood vessels called capillaries, which dilate under the influence of adrenaline to allow more blood and oxygen to flow. And a blush isn’t something you can fake. Unlike most human expressions, you can’t force a blush to appear on your face. (Or, sadly, demand that your capillaries shrink back to size.) (Read the full story)